The Big Rapids Farmers’ Market opens May 6 in the Big Rapids City Hall parking lot

Director of Parks and Recreation: “There will be new vendors and new items this year”

BIG RAPIDS – It might not feel like spring yet, with snow showers still falling occasionally, but the opening of the Big Rapids Farmer’s Market is always a good sign that spring has arrived.

The Farmers Market will open Friday, May 6 in the Big Rapids City Hall parking lot, 226 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

Vendors will bring in an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, flowers, and farmed plants, as well as a variety of handmade items and other miscellaneous items.

“There will be new vendors and new items this year,” said Big Rapids parks and recreation manager Josh Pyles. “It will be a complete market. In the beginning there will be lots of crafts and plants, and later more fruits and vegetables will become available as the season progresses.

In addition, the hours have been extended for the Tuesday market.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays from May 6 to October 28 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from May 24 to September 27.

An additional holiday market is scheduled for November 18.

Other local farmers markets opening soon include:

  • The Purple Pepper, 18700 20th Ave., Barryton, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from May.
  • Grant’s Family Farm, 10636 14 Mile Road, Rodney, open 4-6pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday and 12pm-6pm Sunday.
  • Hearty Harvest, 5356 9 Mile Road, Remus, open 24/7 when workers are available, starting May 7.
  • Barryton Farmers’ Market, 195 Rose Ave., Barryton in the pavilion behind the Williams Café, open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, beginning May 28.
  • Evart Farmers Market, 200 S. Main, Evart, next to Evart Depot, open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, beginning June 11.
  • Reed City Community Market, Pere Marquette Trail, next to Reed City Depot, open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays, beginning June 26.

James V. Payne